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Enlightening romanticism, romancing the enlightenment : British novels from 1750 to 1832 /
[edited by] Miriam L. Wallace.
imprint
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2009.
description
ix, 229 p.
ISBN
9780754662433 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2009.
isbn
9780754662433 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
6912506
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
In this innovative volume, scholars who typically write under the rubric of either the long eighteenth century or Romanticism examine novels claimed by both scholarly periods. Rather than simply opposing an Enlightenment of rationality, propriety, and progress to a Romantic Period of inspiration, heroic individualism, and sublime emotionality, these essays reveal a productive tension, challenging traditional definitions of 'Enlightenment' and 'Romantic.' Patricia Meyer Spacks and Stephen C. Behrendt respond, situating the essays and the stakes.
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In this volume, scholars who typically write under the rubric of either the long 18th century or Romanticism examine novels that are claimed by both scholarly periods. These essays reveal a productive tension, challenging traditional definitions of 'Enlightenment' and 'Romantic'.
Long Description
As eighteenth-century scholarship expands its range, and disciplinary boundaries such as Enlightenment and Romanticism are challenged, novels published during the rich period from 1750 to 1832 have become a contested site of critical overlap. In this volume, scholars who typically write under the rubric of either the long eighteenth century or Romanticism examine novels that are claimed by both scholarly periods. Their shared enterprise opens new and rich discussions of novels and novelistic concerns by creating dialogue across scholarly boundaries. Dominant narratives, critical approaches, and methodological assumptions differ in important ways, but these differences reveal a productive tension. Among the issues engaged are the eighteenth-century novel's development of emotional interiority, including theories of melancholia; the troubling heritage of the epistolary novel for the 1790s radical novel; tensions between rationality and romantic affect; and constructions of gender, genre, and race. Rather than positing a simple opposition between an eighteenth-century Enlightenment of rationality, propriety, and progress and a Romantic Period of inspiration, heroic individualism, and sublime emotionality, these essays trace the putatively 'Romantic' in the early 1700s as well as the long legacy of 'Enlightenment' values and ideas in the nineteenth century.

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